Hey everybody!! My name is Haley, I’m 25 years old and from Farmington. And this is my first year as a Jazz Dancer! Yaya!! I want to show you all the fun things we get do, because it has been one of the greatest experiences of my life… and we haven’t even started games yet! First I’ll tell you a little bit about myself, then I’ll get into the good stuff- life as a Jazz Dancer
I grew up cheering and dancing, and it’s always been my passion. I love it!! I’ve been dancing since age 3, and started tumbling when I was 5. I was a cheerleader in junior high for 2 years, then cheered my sophomore year at Davis High School. I then decided that I wanted to dance again so was on the drill team for my junior and senior year. I am so glad to be able to say I did both the cheer and drill team in high school because I love doing both! I danced for a year up at Weber State a few years ago and now here I am, living out a life long dream of being a Jazz Dancer! These are girls I’ve always looked up to and aspired to be like, so I feel extremely privileged to be a part of them. Now I’ve been working a few jobs- I nanny, do hair, teach cheer, and work for a clothing company called La La Lovely, so I’m kind of all over the place . But I like to stay busy so it’s good for me. And of course my favorite job, being a member of the Jazz Dancers!!
I’ve always been a Jazz fan. Growing up my dad shared season tickets with another family so I went to lots of games. It was my absolute favorite thing! My favorite player was Antoine Carr, “Big Dawg”. And my dance teacher was a Jazz Dancer, so a lot of times she would take me down on the court with her and I could cheer on the Jazz right up close. It’s one of my best memories. Ever since then I wanted to become a Jazz Dancer and be just like her. So needless to say this is such an honor for me to finally be able to say I made it.
It’s been such an amazing experience so far! We started practice at the end of August and have been learning dance after dance after dance! We’ve learned about 20 dances, and had several choreographers come in to teach us routines. It’s a little overwhelming. We practice for 4 hours twice a week, so practices can get long, but hey we gotta look good for all our great fans!!!
At practice with Brayden, one of the awesome Choreographers we had come in to teach us a routine. I stole this picture from him
Matching with Val
Appearances are some of the funnest things I’ve ever done! We do a lot of golf tournaments, which I actually enjoy because my dad’s the head pro at a golf course so I’ve always loved to golf. So going to those are really fun! We normally hand out free stuff for the players participating in thetournament, or give them drinks or creamies, or sit at the “hole-in-one” holes to see if they actually get the hole in one and win a free car! So it’s nice to just sit out on the golf course for the day, and meet lots of nice people!
Karlie and I at the Utah Open at Oakridge Country Club. “Hole-in-One” hole to win a car and handing out Creamies!
Me, Whitney M., Erica, and Alex up at the Homestead golf course for the “Fore a Cure” tournament for the Hemophilia Foundation.
We did an appearance at Knowlton Elementary in Farmington for their “Fall Festival”. Which a I loved because that’s where I live! There were bounce houses and blow up toys and prizes! We were at the basketball blow up toy where if they made a basket they got a prize! Oh and these are a few of the kids I nanny! I sure love them
Jussssst bein’ cool like the kids on the bus…
And one of my favorite appearances so far was a 19 year old boys birthday party! It was truly the neatest experience. His name is Oakley and he’s honestly one of the funniest people I’ve ever met! He has such a spunky personality and says the wittiest things! And he sure knows his sports, you can ask him any player and he can tell you where he plays, where he’s played in the past, and where he went to college! So you definitely don’t want to challenge him on that haha. Apparently he’s wanted the Jazz Dancers to come to his birthday for the past couple years, but they didn’t know how to get a hold of us. So Shriner’s Hospital finally contacted our coach and we all jumped on the opportunity to get to attend his birthday party. It was Whitney, Valerie, Katy and me who were the lucky ones that got to go and I’m so grateful for the chance I got to not only meet this kid, but make his birthday a little better.
Havin fun with Oakley the Birthday Boy!! Sure laughed a lot with this kid.
I have a secret obsession. It’s a crazy and absurd obsession that many might find weird or slightly obsessive compulsive. My obsession is with logistics! I know you are probably thinking really logistics?! I love to figure out schedules, what time I need to arrive places and plan what time I should leave places to go onto the next place. I think maybe I should have a career in something like air traffic control. I love to hear the logistics of people’s days and their “to do lists”. So I thought I would share what a day in the life of Kelsey is like on a game day. For us dancers we have pretty hectic schedules with many of us in school and all of us with jobs other than the Jazz, and logistics and schedules are KEY into have a smooth running day!
Game days, as they have been for the past couple of games, are usually on week day nights. So this means that my day starts extra early to wake up for school! I wake up at 7:30 and get ready for school. As I am getting ready I am packing my “Jazz” bag for the game that night. I run down to my kitchen, with my school bag and game bag in tow and grab a bowl of cereal and eat while reading the newspaper. It’s important to be up to date with what’s going on locally, nationally and in the world! I am out the door by 8:30 and on my way up to the University of Utah. On my way to class I always stop at the Seven Eleven for a 44 oz diet coke because I NEED my Diet Coke to wake me up and give me some energy to power through the day!
Once I am up at the U of U, I am in classes from 9:10 to 12:45. After my last class I grab something to eat and another Diet Coke (of course) and head to the library to study and do my homework for that night because I won’t have time to do it later that night. I study and do home work until 2:45. I then hike ( it literally feels like a hike) across campus to my car. From there I drive down to the ESA. We have to be in our dressing room at 3:45 but most of us get there around 3:20. Once in the dressing room I change and get into my practice clothes. From 4-5 we practice and space our dances for that night out on the court. After we are done with that we go back into the dressing room and eat dinner that the Jazz provides for us and get ready for the game. At 6 we have to be ready to go with our hair and makeup and in our sweats. Our coach goes over the game schedule for that night and then we go upstairs and greet the fans coming in! At 6:40 we go back down stairs and get into our first outfit for the game and touch up our hair and makeup and get stretched and warmed up to go! The game starts around 7:10 and ends usually around 9:30. After the game we go into the locker room and grab our bags and change out of our outfits and our coach reviews with us how the game went and how we performed. By the time we leave it usually 9:50. On the way I always get a Diet Coke (I am not even ashamed.) I am home around 10: 45 and go and immediately get ready for bed because I am exhausted by then! I always try and be asleep by 12:00 because the next day I usually have early morning class again!
That’s the logistics of my day. It’s a crazy hectic day on game days but so worth it! I feel so lucky to call this my job, because it isn’t even like a job to me!